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UPDATED: Power outages impact over 1,000 in the Ferndale area tonight

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UPDATE 10:10pm
Good news for those on Lummi Island. The estimate for restoring power is now 11:10pm.

The official causes for the outages have been given as “trees/vegetation” or, in other words, due to the strong winds knocking down trees/vegetation into power lines.

UPDATE 9:15pm
An update for the Lummi Island outage was issued by PSE. The estimate for restoring power is now 6am.

UPDATE 9pm
All but 89 of the Lummi Peninsula neighbors impacted have had their power restored according to PSE. The estimate for restoring power to the remaining customers on the peninsula is 1:10am.

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No update for the Lummi Island outage.

UPDATE 8:50pm
PSE reports power has been restored to the neighborhoods south of Slater Road between the Nooksack River and Aldrich Road.

UPDATE 8pm
A new outage was reported at 7:35pm by PSE in the neighborhoods along the east side of the Lummi Peninsula. This outage impacts 380 PSE customers. An initial estimate of 10pm was given for restoring power.

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PSE outages map for January 1, 2017 at 8pm

No addition information or updates are available regarding the previously reported outages.

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Original Story
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reported power outages in two separate locations in the Ferndale area tonight with over 1,000 of their customers impacted as a result.

Strong winds are likely causes for two power outages tonight although PSE has not provided an official cause for either. Wind gusts up to 44mph have been recorded at a weather station near Ferndale High School and up to 55mph at a weather station on Sandy Point.

158 PSE customers on the west end of Lummi Island lost power about 6pm tonight. The initial estimate for restoring power, according to PSE, was 8pm.

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PSE outage map for January 1, 2017 at 6:30pm

About 10 minutes later, 883 PSE customers in a large area south of Slater Road between Aldrich Road and the Nooksack River lost power. The initial estimate for restoring power to this larger group, according to PSE, was 8:30pm.

PSE outage map for January 1, 2017 at 6:30pm

This is the second occurrence of significant power outages in as many days.

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